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Ptolemaic coin with head of Zeus

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[inscription]Obverse: Laureate head of Zeus to right, in dotted border. Reverse: =add Greek inscription= Eagle to left holds a thunderbolt in his talons. To left in field two illegible monograms =add Greek inscription=.

Provenance

From a burial in the forecourt of Mycerinus' Pyramid Temple, Giza. 1911: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Greek, Hellenistic, probably reign of Ptolemy I, Soter, 305–283 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Mint

Alexandria, Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.9 cm (1 1/8 in.); weignt 17.52 g

Accession Number

11.827

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins